Puerto Escondido Concrete House

Nestled among the vegetation of the Oaxacan coastal town, the Puerto Escondido Concrete House makes the most of its modest footprint. The entire structure is formed from concrete, including the walls, gabled roof, floors, lofted sleeping platform, stairs, and kitchen sink and counter, which extends out onto the patio, forming the main eating area. Concrete patios extend out from multiple sides, creating both the eating area and a place for lounging by the concrete pool, while slatted wooden blinds provide both privacy and shade.

Photos: Camila Cossio & Edmund Sumner / Aranza de Ariño

  • Balnarring Retreat

    Equipped with a series of modular features, the Balnarring Retreat isn't defined by function. Each of the plywood walls contain folding components — a pull down bed, desk, and book shelves — transforming the space into an area for entertaining, meditating, yoga, or catching up on work. A north-facing glazed wall saturates the interior with nature, flooding the living room with natural light and views of the bordering pond. Created as a place to slow down from hectic urban living, the space is intentionally lo-fi, allowing the scenic surroundings to be your entertainment.

    Photos: Peter Clarke / Branch Studio Architects

  • Seven Gardens House

    Sculpted into the mountains in the southernmost region of Spain, the Seven Gardens House is a true work of art. Modeled after nearby caves and grottos, its grey stone facade hugs the hillside, curving around the terrain to reduce impact on the surrounding landscape. The layout is constructed from a mirrored pattern, creating a series of sheltered terraces that lead out to seven outdoor gardens — a feature that lends to the home's name. Large glazed panels break up the otherwise cumbersome exterior to bring in views of the Sierra de Grazalema in the rear and the Atlantic Ocean ahead.

    Photos: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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